Matthew M. Ekdahl

Matthew was assigned to Oceanographic Unit One on the USNS Bowditch T-AGS-21 from Oct 1972 to Nov 1973 as the EMO. He was a CWO-2 at the time.

Bowditch Photos 1972-73
A Special Request Menu Item: "Pasties"

A Special Request Menu Item: "Pasties"

A menu from the USNS Bowditch T-AGS-21 dated 1 June 1973. I've always said the MSC ships were great feeders with so many choices for each meal. What is significant about this one is that it has Pasties on it for one of the Dinner selections.

This is local dish, (meat, potato, onion, carrots, rutabaga pie wrapped in a crust.) from my home town in the Copper Country of Upper Michigan. The original dish came with the Cornish miners from Cornwall, UK when they came to Northern Michigan to mine copper. It was a complete meal in a crust that you can hold in your hand. The miner would heat his pasty in his lunch pail with a "carbide lantern" to get a hot meal.

I found pasties at the Grapes Hotel in Southampton, UK. (shipped in from Cornwall) and would have them save a few for me. My CO at the time, (LCDR James E. Paquin) and the Master of the Bowditch (Capt. Paul Sinski) tried them out and we convinced the Chief Steward, E. Hoban to have them on his menu. I have photos of the first trial run of Bowditch pasties too.


CWO-2 M. M. Ekdahl (me) testing the first run of pasties. The Master of the Bowditch, Capt P. Sinski is looking on.


The CO, LCDR James E. Paquin dishing up the pasties. Carroll "Frog" King (General Instruments tech. rep.) is waiting for his pasty. In the background is one of the MSC crew (Mr. Blaine?) and Art Dayson (Navy ET) on the left.


CWO-2 M. M. Ekdahl and the CO, LCDR James E. Paquin (with drink cup) surveying the remains of the first run of pasties served on USNS Bowditch.

Farewell party for LCDR James E. Paquin at The Grapes Inn, 1973

Farewell Party

This was a combination going away party for the outgoing CO, LCDR James E. Paquin and a welcome aboard party for the new CO, LT. V. J. Hultstrand. You'll notice the Sherry Cask, (No. 13). It was given as a going away gift to LCDR Paquin.

Key to Figures:

1. Paul W. Hammes (NAVOCEANO Senior Scientist)
2. ETN Malnory
3. CWO-2 Matthew M. Ekdahl, EMO
4. ETC Leslie J. Woolfre
5. Carole F. King, "Frog" (General Instruments Tech. Rep.)
6. LCDR James E. Paquin (Outgoing CO)
7. LT Victor.S. Hultstrand (Incoming CO)
8. Sonny Clark (NAVOCEANO)
9. SK1 Fred Roberts
10. ETN "Douhboy" Cheney
11. ETN Warren W. Eckert
12. Joey Guzaro (NSSNF)
13. Sherry Cask - Going away gift to LCDR Paquin

The Party

Good photos of the new and old COs. In addition this one has the new XO, Brad Smith.

Key to Figures:

1. CWO-2 Matthew M. Ekdahl, EMO
2. Carole F. King, "Frog" (General Instruments Tech. Rep.)
3. Mrs. David Strauce
4. LCDR James E. Paquin (Outgoing CO)
5. R. Lord (Bunker-Ramo Tech. Rep.)
6. LT Victor.S. Hultstrand (Incoming CO)
7. ETN David G. Strause
8. SK1 Fred Roberts
9. Sonny Clark (NAVOCEANO)
10. ETC Leslie J. Woolfre
11. ETN "Douhboy" Cheney
12. ETN F. Drazaga
13. LTJG Brad Smith (New XO)

The Grapes Inn

At 41 - 43 Oxford Street, Southampton, UK. This was the location of the Farewell party for LCDR James E. Paquin. It shows SK1 Roberts, ETC Woolfre and CWO-2 Ekdahl about to check out the pub to make sure everything was ready for the evening's party. (Admin.- The car in front of them is the three-wheeled Reliant Regal Mk. V. What a unique vehicle!

Three Shipmates

Cropped and enlarged, a better view of Roberts, Woolfre and Ekdahl.

Thge Grapes Inn, September 2010

Bowditch at Sea

At Sea

A great photo of Bowditch forward from the superstructure, her bow about to burrow into a wave. My picture is superimposed. Our PH was doing pre-PhotoShop photo art.

At Sea

As above, in sepia. Our PH has outdone himself.

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